Hollyoaks’ original cast – Where are they now?

What ever happened to the stars who launched the Chester-based teen soap back in 1995?

It’s been 22 years since Hollyoaks first burst onto our screens with its outlandish storylines and impossibly glamorous cast.

Since then, countless cast members have entered and exited the village.

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But what about the original cast who first introduced us to Channel 4’s soap? We catch up with what the future held for the fresh-faced stars of the first year.

Tony – Nick Pickard

Not everyone chose to move on from the high-drama world of Hollyoaks – Pickard is the only actor to have stayed with the soap throughout its run.

He can still be seen today stumbling from one troubled relationship to the next and cementing his character’s reputation as the village’s business mogul.

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Tony has recently struggled with the mistaken revelation that his son is a murderer, but we’re sure it won’t be the last trauma that he lives through.

Kurt – Jeremy Edwards

As Hollyoaks’ original heartthrob, Kurt set the tone for the soap with his busy love life, but left in 1999 after his relationship with Ruth Osborne (Terri Dwyer) broke down.

Despite suffering the indignity of an off-screen death, Edwards has stayed in the public eye since his exit. He took up a role in Holby City and has appeared in reality series such as Celebrity Big Brother and Dancing On Ice.

The actor was also famously engaged to popstar Rachel Stevens, although they did not make it as far as an actual wedding.

Jambo – Will Mellor

Happy-go-lucky Jambo was one of the first residents of the village to be affected by the curse of Hollyoaks, turning previously cheerful folk into shells of their former selves. In Jambo’s case, he finally got together with longtime love Dawn – only to lose her to leukaemia, leading to his exit.

Mellor has been one of the soap’s most successful alumni. He became equally well-known for his role in sitcom Two Pints of Lager and a Packet of Crisps, and his CV includes Waterloo Road, Broadchurch, In The Club, Death In Paradise, No Offence, and Line Of Duty.

He also had a short-lived career as a popstar, and returned to Hollyoaks in Christmas 2004 as a vision in one of best pal Tony's dreams.

Natasha – Shebah Ronay

Boasting the dubious honour of being Hollyoaks’ first character to be killed off when her drink was spiked at a party, Natasha did not last long in the programme, leaving in early 1996.

A new career beckoned for Ronay, who changed course and went into journalism and broadcasting, landing a job as a film columnist for the News of the World for a while. She is married to the artist Jonathan Yeo, and the couple have two children.

Louise – Brett O’Brien

Free spirit Louise did not last much longer than Natasha in the soap, as the character fell in love with a New Age traveller and left Hollyoaks to be with him.

Actress O’Brien has landed small roles in other TV series including Dream Team, Wire In The Blood, Doctors, The Bill, and most recently in Law & Order: UK in 2009.

Maddie – Yasmin Bannerman

Another original character to start what would become a Hollyoaks trend, Maddie featured the first time the soap concentrated on a single storyline for a whole episode. The plot in question saw her ex Michael hold her hostage alongside Jude (Davinia Taylor).

Bannerman’s work since leaving the show has included a regular role in a series of Cold Feet, a main cast member in Merseybeat, and appearances in Red Dwarf, Holby City, Casualty, Torchwood, Doctor Who, and 55 Degrees North.

Dawn – Lisa Williamson

Poor old Dawn may only have had two years in the soap, but she went through giving a child up for adoption and being diagnosed with leukaemia, which she eventually died from on Christmas Day 1997.

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As an actress, Williamson had a brief role in Dream Team but now seems to have left the industry behind for voiceover work and TV adverts. She’s also a qualified hypnotherapist.

Hollyoaks continues on weeknights on Channel 4 at 6.30pm, with first-look episodes on E4 at 7pm.

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